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A Note to You from the Authors
About this Book: An Introduction for Adults
Welcome to Sewing School!
Lesson One: How to Use this Book
Lesson Two: In Your Sewing Kit
Lesson Three: Finding Out about Fabric
Lesson Four: Sewing School Rules
Lesson Five: Ready, Set, Thread
Lesson Six: Get Your Stitch On
Lesson Seven: Patterns Down Pat
Lesson Eight: Button Up
Lesson Nine: Bring Your Project to Life
Lesson Ten: Stuff It!
Lesson Eleven: Making Casings
Lesson Twelve: Pop Quiz
So Soft Pillow, Stuffies, Your Little Friend, Take-It-With-You Blanket
Hold-My-Stuff Bag, Wonder Wallet, Draw-It-Up Tote, Just-Right Pouch, Get-to-Work Apron
Cute Coasters, Quiet Mouse, Eye-See-You Case, Too-Hot Holder
Sweet Dreams Mask, Hat Attack!, Superhero Cuff, My Doll's Very Own Skirt, My Very Own Skirt, My Very Own Apron
Recycle & Repair
Save-My-T-Shirt Pillow, Scrappy Art Pin, Felt Patch, Iron-On Patch, Where Oh Where Is My Button?, My Hem is Falling!, Repair That Rip, Close Those Holes
Holey Moley!, Have You Seen My Leg?, I Can't See!
Look It Up: Sewing School Dictionary
Find It Yourself: Sewing School Resource Guide
Posted March 5, 2011
I wanted to find a good resource for was sewing. Although I know how to sew, I am a learned teacher, not a natural teacher. I need books that will give me good directions that both me and my kids can read. I need things to be simple. I don't have a lot of time for prep in my life right now. I like good, clear, and simple illustrations.
Surprisingly, I found all of those things in this book! There is an introductory section for parents about how to teach sewing and how to approach the endeavor. Then, there are the basics of knots and hand sewing stitches. The pictures are simple and the directions below the pictures are concise and clear. From there, the book includes directions on how to make 21 sewing projects.
I wondered what these projects would be like. I was wonderfully surprised at what I found. Patterns and stuffing are introduced. Projects range from simple to more complex. There is even one for making a skirt using a sewing machine--on the most basic level! Honestly, that was just what I wanted. I was looking for a book that primarily focused on hand sewing with a little machine sewing towards the end so that I can introduce the kids to my sewing machine when it's time. The projects in this book are wonderful ideas for gifts that my girls will be able to make for others come next Christmas. I think the best age range for this book is 5-12 year olds. 5 years old may be a little young for this book, but if you take it slow, have patience and a needle threader, I think you'll be in good shape. 12 may seem a little old for this book, but if someone was starting off sewing that has never sewn before, I would start them with just these projects. The directions are clear and simple--and that's helpful no matter how old you are!
The authors obviously know what they're talking about. They run a summer camp for elementary age children in Tennessee every year to teach them how to sew. So, these projects have been tested and made over and over. These authors are writing with experience! Every so often I find authors who pretend to be people they're not or write about things that they have only a little experience in. That's not the case with these two! I am impressed. This book has made me really look forward to sewing with my girls and now I just can't wait to introduce my girls to sewing!
We just so happened to get them new shoes this weekend and the boxes are just the perfect size to become their new sewing boxes. So, I'm off to cover them with paper...
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing.
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Posted July 23, 2012
I taught my 6 year old granddaughter and my 12 year old neice to sew. These skills can be used their whold life. The book gives rules for the children and for you in dealing with children. The book is full of pictures and includes patterns.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.